Social Enterprise and Social Procurement Task Force

 Good Jobs + Good Business
= Better Community, Action Plan

The Mayor’s Task Force on Social Enterprise and Social Procurement has developed the "Good Jobs + Good Business = Better Community" Action Plan [PDF - 721 KB].

The actions in the five-year plan are meant to help people who are out of the workforce get to work, and to grow a strong, inclusive economy at the same time. The plan identifies three sets of recommendations that will strengthen the City’s procurement practices to maximize community benefit as well as support small business and social enterprise sectors.

Using an ecosystem-based approach to community economic development, the action plan focuses to a large degree on efforts to get the unemployed, underemployed and marginalized into employment.

The three recommendations include:

Social Procurement – purchases should be leveraged to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the community

Social Enterprise Development – strengthen and grow businesses already doing business with community benefit in mind and grow the social enterprise sector

Leading Economic Change – make the mainstream economy more inclusive to ensure there is always an opportunity for everyone to prosper

Each recommendation has a set of actions and tasks to be implemented over the next five years to achieve prescribed outcomes. Leads and supports in the community to help achieve these outcomes are noted and include the City of Victoria, local organizations, agencies and business.

Next Steps

City Council adopted the action plan on March 23, 2017 with the amendment that the plan include "recent immigrants" as a stragic group of focus. Next steps will include City staff developing a Social Procurement Framework and work plan for Council's consideration.

Background

The public was invited to provide feedback on the draft action plan by February 12, 2017 by completing an online survey, emailing economicchange@victoria.ca or tweeting to @CityofVictoria #EconomicChangeVic. Thank you to everyone who provided input.

About the Task Force

The Task Force on Social Enterprise and Social Procurement was a recommendation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity, which with input from the community, developed the City’s economic action plan, Making Victoria: Unleashing Potential in 2015. The economic action plan identifies six engines to drive economic prosperity, generate jobs and raise household incomes. One engine that encompasses the rest is entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

“Creating Prosperity Through Economic Development” is a key objective of the City of Victoria’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan for focus and investment. Appointed by City Council in July 2016, the Task Force on Social Enterprise and Social Procurement is chaired by Mayor Lisa Helps and includes Councillor Marianne Alto and First Nations representatives, as well as leaders in social enterprise, community and economic development, and business.

  • Mayor Helps, Chair
  • Councillor Marianne Alto
  • Stuart Bowness, ‎Vice President, Learning Software Development Workday
  • Christina Clarke, Executive Director, Songhees Nation
  • Andrea Di Lucca Bustard, Community Investment Portfolio Manager, Community Investment, Vancity
  • Carol Hall, Victoria Foundation
  • Vanessa Hammond, Chair, Health Care Co-op Federation of Canada
  • Lee Herrin, Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society
  • Andrew Holeton
  • Katie Hooper, Band Administrator, Esquimalt Nation
  • Dave Howe, Chair, CRD Finance
  • Solomon Lindsay, Student
  • Rasool Rayani
  • Kristi Rivait, Co-founding Director, Scale Collaborative
  • Wendy Townsend, Manager, Programs, Victoria Parole Office
  • Robin McLay (Ex-Officio), Executive Director, Social Innovation, Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

View the Task Force member bios [PDF - 365 KB].

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference for the Task Force is below.